The bacterium is improving in the Netherlands: figures from the National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM) show that 93 people have been infected until November 1 this year. 19 of them died.
Very soon very ill
Meningococcal disease is a combined name for bacterial diseases: meningococcus. You can be a bacterium carrier, but as a result you are not at risk. Only when the bacteria will continue to be infected you can become very ill in a few hours. Then you can have blood poisoning or meningitis and that can be fatal.
Two months ago doctors and GGD began to vaccinate young people. Everyone is invited for a arm against meningococcus during the year where the 14 year old is reached. The reason for this is the increase in the type of W disease, which, unlike other types, is also dangerous for young people. In 2019 all young people between the ages of 14 and 18 will be invited.
Frequently a call is ignored
Research by the HR shows that between 10 and 25 percent of people aged 14 who were eligible for the job did not appear. The newspaper asked the figures of 10 agencies.
In the Gooi and Vechtstreek the people present were 90 percent. But in the Apeldoorn area the number that voted again was 78 percent.
An opportunity of bacteria
Everyone can carry the bacteria, but especially young people between the ages of 14 and 18 are carriers and spread the disease. About 1 in 3 young people carry the bacteria that are not ill, after 25 years from 5 to 10 per cent are carriers. By vaccining young people, you stop transportation and spread status and prevent the increase.
Young people show more dangerous behavior: they go out more often, get friends and beings, kissing more and more often coming to places where people are close together. This makes them more likely to come into contact with the bacterium.